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Auto parts maker invests $100 million, adds 50 jobs

Automotive supplier Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi is increasing production in Lee County, investing $100 million and creating 50 jobs. Located in Guntown, APMM produces stamped auto parts, body weld parts and plastic parts. The company’s expansion accommodates increased production for the 2019 Toyota Corolla, which is produced in Blue Springs. APMM is retooling its facility and investing in workforce training. ...

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B&B Electric breaks ground on new HQ bringing 300 New jobs to Madison County

The Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) has announced that B&B Electrical and Utility Contractors, Inc. is breaking ground on its new headquarters in the Canton Commercial and Industrial Center, investing $6.5 Million over the next 2 years. B&B Electrical and Utility Contractors, Inc. is a family-owned company that has been in continuous operation since 1982 and is a one stop electrical ...

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John H. Bryan Jr., renowned philanthropist, longtime Sara Lee CEO, dies

By Maureen O’Donnell@suntimesobits | email The Chicago Sun Times Mississippi native and former Sara Lee Corporation chief executive officer John H. Bryan Jr., who was long one of Chicago’s leading patrons of the arts and a stunningly effective philanthropist and fundraiser, has died at 81. Mr. Bryan died Monday night — four days shy of what would have been his 82nd ...

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After major redesign, construction of Cleveland hotel complex resumes

Dinesh Chawla By Jack Weatherly After extensive redesign, the Scion West End hotel complex is moving forward in the construction phase. That’s the word from Dinesh Chawla, president of Chawla Hotels Inc., which is building the $20 million project in west Cleveland. Things were moving toward a completion in late 2017, when Chawla and his brother, Suresh, signed a deal ...

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Officers elected to Mississippi Main Street Board of Director

Ed Garner A new slate of executive officers has been elected to the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) Board of Directors. The new member and officers were elected at the recent annual awards meeting held in Jackson. Ed Gardner of Entergy Mississippi in Jackson has been elected as the MMSA Board President for 2018-2019. “The Main Street program is essential ...

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The most-recent of three hotels announced for the Fondren District in Jackson is in first place in development

By JACK WEATHERLY The most-recent of three hotels announced for the Fondren District in Jackson is in first place in development. Steel has risen on the Homewood Suites project site by the Ridgeland-based Heritage Hospitality Group, while two other projects announced two years earlier have yet to break ground, though spokesmen for both said about a year ago that dirt ...

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New developer takes over mall site that has state tax aid

A new developer is taking over a plan to build a large shopping center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Local news outlets report that Rise Partners has taken over development in D’Iberville with plans to begin construction next summer and complete the first phase in summer 2020. The new company, based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, says it has agreed with landowner ...

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Convenience stores expect boost from Mississippi lottery

By TED CARTER Mississippi’s convenience store operators have heard the cautions that some of the money customers previously spent on dish soap, soda and bread will be diverted to lottery tickets. But the prospect of making a nickel or more on each one-dollar ticket has the retailers saying, “Bring it on.” Philip Chamblee, head of the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Entrepreneurship is the solution

Matthew McLaughlin In a LinkedIn article published by Michael Dell in 2014, he noted that between 1985 and 2005, the number of people living in poverty in the world was cut in half.  This happened to be the exact period in time when the use of a personal computer and server became affordable to a mass market.  Dell further pointed ...

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ALAN TURNER — The MCEE: Planting the seeds for success

ALAN TURNER The mission of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education is helping to educate young people about economics, finance, and business. There are many success stories of young folks who have been inspired to become economically literate, making important choices about their career objectives, and some who became successful entrepreneurs while still in high school. Others have developed a ...

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